SD Drain Tile

Cutting Edge Technology

How does it work?

SD Drain® Tile receives elevation data from your RTK-GPS receiver and automatically outputs signals to the hydraulics controlling your tile plow.

Click on the dots below to learn more

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Vertical Light Bar

Visual reference to see how far the plow is above or below the designed tile line.

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Overhead View

Shows your location in the field, as well as surveyed and tiled lines. You can add a geo-referenced background map that is either an image or a shape file and an additional active layer that can be used to guide you on a pre-planned tile layout.

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Window Button

Allows you to toggle on/off selected windows and activate the 3D Map View. User must have proper file uploaded for 3D functionality.

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Side Profile

Shows a side view of a surveyed tile run with three colored profiles; minimum depth, ideal depth, and maximum depth. A design line will appear and regenerate as the user drops the tile boot into the starter hole.

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Grade Button

Allows the user to increase or decrease the minimum grade.

SD Drain® Tile Systems Include:

  • PX-501 Sunlight Readable Tablet PC
  • SD Drain Tile Software
  • DAC 8000 Controller with wireless connection to PX-501
  • Associated Cables to plug DAC 8000 Controller into electric over hydraulic valves on qualifying tractors or external valve
  • Associated cables to plug into users GPS
  • Mounting hardware
  • Rugged carrying case

Options

SD Drain® Tile Features

Survey & Design

The first thing you do in the field is survey the tile run by driving the tile path with the plow up in the air. As you survey, SD Drain Tile will automatically capture elevation points to create a survey line. The survey line will be displayed on screen as you drive the path. When the survey is completed, SD Drain Tile will automatically generate a plan for the tile run as you drop the plow in into the starter hole. This plan will show the proposed tile line as well as minimum and maximum depth guides for the tile.

Survey & Design

The first thing you do in the field is survey the tile run by driving the tile path with the plow up in the air. As you survey, SD Drain Tile will automatically capture elevation points to create a survey line. The survey line will be displayed on screen as you drive the path. When the survey is completed, SD Drain Tile will automatically generate a plan for the tile run as you drop the plow in into the starter hole. This plan will show the proposed tile line as well as minimum and maximum depth guides for the tile.

Edit Functions

Before you start your tile run, you have the option to adjust how the final tile design will look.  You can manipulate the tile design by changing the minimum or maximum slope values, as well as the desired depth of the tile.  You can also remove points in the survey pass.  As an example, if you drive over a ditch and you would like the tile to be laid shallower in the ditch bottom, you can delete points on either side of the ditch.

Tiling with Automatic Flagging

While tiling, if the plow deviates from the expected tile path, SD Drain Tile will automatically flag that location. This action can be caused by hitting an object in the field or manually raising the plow because of a broken piece of tile.  If you need to dig out a rock, the program will visually guide you back to the proper depth and you will be able to continue the existing tile run.

Tiling with Automatic Flagging

While tiling, if the plow deviates from the expected tile path, SD Drain Tile will automatically flag that location. This action can be caused by hitting an object in the field or manually raising the plow because of a broken piece of tile.  If you need to dig out a rock, the program will visually guide you back to the proper depth and you will be able to continue the existing tile run.

Change Tile Size on the Go

SD Drain Tile allows you to put a shortcut on your screen that will let you change the tile size and/or the type of tile you are putting in the ground without stopping the plow.  With a few clicks you can easily document changes in tile size on the go.

Background Images

You can load a georeferenced background image into SD Drain Tile for an overhead view of the field you are working on.  Such maps are useful to show you where you are in the field, the topography, or determine where tile will be placed in the field.

Background Images

You can load a georeferenced background image into SD Drain Tile for an overhead view of the field you are working on.  Such maps are useful to show you where you are in the field, the topography, or determine where tile will be placed in the field.

3D View

SD Drain Tile will allow the user to see a 3D Topography background map, using processed topography data from ADMS. The 3D view gives users exaggerated views of the hills and troughs of the field making infield decisions much easier.

Benchmarks

Benchmarks are used to compensate for GPS drift. GPS drift can happen when you power down a portable RTK-GPS base station. Portable base stations often use a quick average to calculate their location and this quick average my not be the same from day to day. By driving to a certain known point with your scraper, and capturing a benchmark, you now have the ability to return to that same location and recall that known point, correcting for any GPS drift.

Benchmarks

Benchmarks are used to compensate for GPS drift. GPS drift can happen when you power down a portable RTK-GPS base station. Portable base stations often use a quick average to calculate their location and this quick average my not be the same from day to day. By driving to a certain known point with your plow, and capturing a benchmark, you now have the ability to return to that same location and recall that known point, correcting for any GPS drift.

Import Guide/Survey Lines

Guide lines can be imported into SD Drain Tile.  These lines will show up as a layer in the overhead view and will stack on top of any background image.  Just click or tap on the line to select it.  Either type can have specific parameters associated with the line that will over-ride the default parameters of the program for that specific line.  Guidance lines are used to guide you over a proposed tile run when you are driving your survey pass.  Survey lines are just that, pre-made survey passes.  Survey passes can only be used when you recall a benchmark that was created when the field was surveyed prior to creating the lines in ADMS.  Simply select the survey line, put your plow in the hole and go.

Grid Lines

Grid Lines allow you to layout a series of parallel lines on the screen. These Grid Lines can be rotated and shifted around to meet your needs. These lines can be used as rough guidance for tile layout and spacing.

Grid Lines

Grid Lines allow you to layout a series of parallel lines on the screen. These Grid Lines can be rotated and shifted around to meet your needs. These lines can be used as rough guidance for tile layout and spacing.

Simulated Laser

After you drive a survey pass of your ditch, you can choose to simulate a single slope laser. SD Drain will create a straight, single slope tile run.  You also have the option to just set the grade in the simulated laser and install tile without driving a survey pass.

Hardware Features

Ruggon PX-501 Tablet PC

The Ruggon PX-501 Tablet has a sunlight readable, high resolution WUXGA (1920×1200) touchscreen display. The battery works as a UPS so no worries if you lose power because of a tractor stall. With the wireless DAC 8000 interface installed, the only thing you need to plug into the PX501 is the power cable. Comes with rugged carrying case and RAM mounting hardware.

System

  • Intel® Core™ i5-5350U 1.8GHz
  • 8GB DDR3L
  • 128GB M.2 SSD
  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

Durability

  • IP65, MIL-STD-810G certified
  • Vibration, shock and 5’ drop resistance
  • Operating temperature: -4°F to +140°F

Display

  • 10.1” 1920 x 1200 WUXGA
  • 850 nits sunlight readable brightness
  • 10-point capacitive touch supports glove touch, water rejection, palm rejection, 2mm hard tip stylus.

I/O Interface

  • USB 3.0 type A x 1
  • RS-232 x 1
  • Micro SD slot x 1, Micro SIM slot x 1, Micro HDMI x 1
  • Headphone x 1

Communication

  • Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth V4.0 + EDR
  • GNSS (GPS/ GLONASS/ BeiDou)

Camera

  • 2MP front
  • 8MP auto focus rear camera with led flash

Power

  • AC adapter (65W, 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz)
  • 12VDC power cable
  • 4500mAh hot swappable battery, approx. 6 hours battery life

Dimensions & Weight

  • 11.03 x 7.68 x .91 in, 3lbs

DAC 8000

The DAC 8000 is a wireless multi-valve control module. Communication between the Ruggon PX-501 Tablet PC and the DAC 8000 is achieved via a custom dedicated wireless interface. On a standard ditching system, the DAC 8000 will pass RTK-GPS data to the control computer and then automatically control your blade depth via your tractor’s existing Selectable Control Valve (SCV). Supported SCV control for John Deere, CNH, and Challenger A & B series tractors.

No need to add another DAC 8000 if you want to add more control to your scraper or blade. The DAC 8000 has the power to control up to 3 valves of various types, simultaneously. It can also receive inputs from up to two slope sensors, as well as the RTK-GPS signal. It’s all the control you’ll need – in one unit.

SD Drain Tile Key Benefits

  • Side view generated as survey pass driven.
  • Automatically designs tile run as you drop plow into starter hole.
  • Easily modify proposed design.
  • Guidance light bar to follow survey pass during tile installation.
  • Automatic flagging & redesign when plow deviates from designed run, such as a rock hit.
  • Save and recall benchmarks.
  • Import field designs & background images.
  • Save and recall tile runs.
  • Customize look of program.